February 15, 2013
A meteor strike over a Russian city has blown out windows and has injured many, various reports indicate
From Russia Today........A series of explosions in the skies of Russia's Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteor shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones stopped working.
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A meteor strike over a Russian city has blown out windows and has injured many, various reports indicate.
MOSCOW (AP) — Fragments of at least one meteorite fell in the Chelyabinsk region some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, causing flashes in the morning sky and sharp explosions, Russian officials said Friday.
The office of the governor of the region in the Ural Mountains said in a statement that many calls about injuries and damage to buildings had been received. But there were no immediate confirmed figures or specific reports on damage.
Reports conflicted on the event: A spokeswoman for Russia's Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.
The ministry said some fragments fell near the town of Satka, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk.
From the NY Times
MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass.
Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement.
Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions.
Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.
Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.
Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.
Wild Thing's comment..................
Check this video out below it is about asteroids...............at the end of the video it says..they feel their work is necessary to protect all of us. I was just curious what they would do to stop one if it was aiming like they say at NY or other heavy populated areas.
Posted by Wild Thing at February 15, 2013 02:55 AM
Amazing. It sounded like a bombing or artillery attack. I wonder if all those meteors were exceeding the sound barrier. I bet Russian scientists are going nuts with anticipation getting ready to study the meteor debris.
Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at February 15, 2013 12:09 PM
Tom, I bet your right.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 15, 2013 12:54 PM